Welcome to Health and Social Care Department
Our Health and Social Care Department is thriving and successful with results well above the national average.
Our school facilities include a main Health and Social Care room which has facilities for students to be taught formally and a computer suite where students can research and present their coursework. With a wealth of educational visitors and visits and Sixth Form volunteering placements students have plenty of opportunity to learn and develop their skills and knowledge first hand and also from professionals working within the industry.
Key Stage 4
Starting in September 2017 the department is running the new BTEC Tech award, which is equivalent to one GCSE.
It is comprised of 3 elements:
- Human Lifespan and Development – Assessed internally through an assignment brief (coursework element)
- Health and Social Care Services – Also assessed internally through an assignment brief
- Health and Well Being – Assessed externally through a task set by the exam board completed in the classroom under exam conditions
Key Stage 5
Also Starting in September 2017 the department is running the BTEC National Diploma in Health and Social Care, which is equivalent to 2 A Levels.
It comprises of:
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development – an externally assessed examination unit
Unit 2: Working in Health and Social Care – an externally assessed examination unit
Unit 5: Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs – assessed internally through an assignment brief
Unit 14: Physiological Disorders and Their Care – assessed internally through an assignment brief
Unit 4: Enquiries into Current Research in Health and Social Care – assessed externally through a task set by the exam board
Unit 7: Principles of Safe Practice in Health and Social Care – assessed internally through an assignment brief
Unit 8: Promoting Public Health – assessed internally through an assignment brief
Unit 19: Nutritional Health – assessed internally through an assignment brief
What is Expected of Students?
As these are vocational courses, an interest in the sectors of Health, Social Care and Children and Young People is essential. In Sixth Form, students will have a volunteering placement in one of the sectors alongside their studies.
Teaching is a little different as much of the work is coursework based so students have to be very self-motivated to research areas of the subject.
We do lots of fun activities and have visits to Hospital Open Days, Care Homes, Nurseries, Mental Health institutions and other settings. We regularly assist in fun ‘musical connections’ with older people and people with special needs.
We also have lots of visiting speakers, including nurses, midwives, social workers, dementia friendly trainers, Age UK, Young Carers, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language therapists, Nursery Nurse Managers, Teachers, Health Visitors, Mental Health Practitioners, Special Needs Teachers and Counsellors.
The NHS is the fourth largest employer in the world! Many of our students go onto careers in:
• Nursery Nursing
• Nursing (37% of students go onto a Nursing degree)
• Social Work
• Teaching (both primary and secondary)
• Allied Health professions (OT, Speech and Language for example)
• Mental Health Practitioners